Tigmi, situated 24km south of Marrakesh, is set within a magical desert landscape. On the brow of the Berber hamlet of Tagadert, its labyrinth of narrow alleyways and flat-roofed village houses has a timeless, biblical feel.
'Tigmi', meaning 'my house' in the local Berber dialect, was built in 1840 for the local judge. As with many north African dwellings, the interior is all - a step inside and the peaceful beauty of Tigmi is revealed. The first impression is of a lovely garden laid to lawns and paths with banana palms, citrus and olive trees and a swimming pool with soft, jade-coloured water. The scents and colours of orange blossom and roses assail the senses. Fifteen tortoises live in this garden, adding to the unhurried feel of this tranquil oasis.
There are two swimming pools, one of which is heated to 26 degrees throughout the year. There are sun-loungers around the pool and shaded areas in the gardens, furnished with comfortable divans for those of you who prefer to laze around out of the sun.
There will be two yoga classes daily with one yoga free day. The two hour morning class will include Ken’s unique ‘moving meditation’ and will gradually build strength in the postures to form a dynamic and flowing practice. The evening class will be more improvised, developmental and restorative, bringing in his vast body of knowledge of the Feldenkrais Method. This class will usually last between one and two hours. All classes will be suitable for all levels. There are two yoga spaces. A covered roof terrace with stunning views of Marrakesh across the plains and an indoor room that is light and airy with a log burner for cooler days.
A breakfast of delicious home-made juices, honey, yoghurts, pancakes, cheeses, locally made breads, fresh fruit and cereals will be served after class. There will be a salad buffet lunch. All evening meals are traditional north African dishes with wonderful vegetarian options also prepared on request.
Things to do
The rest of the day can be spent lazing Moroccan style - lounging, reading or swimming in one of the two pools, playing backgammon or chess in one of the many gardens and courtyards or popping into Marrakesh on the hotel's free mini-bus service.
Tigmi also has its own hamam with spa treatments and massage therapists on-hand. There are a few bicycles available for the more energetic to explore the local area.
Outside of Tigmi there are local sporting activities such as horse-riding and golf. Cultural treats are plentiful with mosques, museums, a visit to the famous Jemaa el Fna square with its acrobats, dancers and magicians, the Majorelle Gardens and the grove of 150,000 palm trees at La Palmeraie. A visit to one of the souks in Marrakesh's old city is an event in itself, with busy market stalls and colourful displays of traders' wares - local crafts, satins, silks, glittery shoes, leather wares, paintings, spices and food.
There are various day excursions further afield, arranged by the hotel such as a visit to the Atlas Mountains or coastal Essaouira. Music lovers may have heard of the 'Festival d'Essaouira' which hosts four days and nights of African 'Gnaoua' music, world music and jazz. For the more energetic, subject to snowfall, skiing can be enjoyed in the small resort of Oukaimeden in the Atlas range.
The bedrooms are authentically Moroccan with generous, comfortable beds, cool sheets, hand-woven covers and cushions, large bathrooms and a traditional seated area, which can double as extra sleeping-space. Many of the bedrooms have fireplaces and private terraces.
Relaxed, warm, friendly, laid back and very funny, Ken creates an atmosphere in his classes where it is a delight to explore, learn and benefit from his many years of experience in bodywork and yoga. In a seemingly very casual style, he intuitively weaves together absorbing sequences of yoga postures with Feldenkrais techniques. I enjoyed it so much I returned this year!James
The most amazing yoga teacher I have ever found - a genuine treasure. Ken has a unique gift for teaching that allows each individual to find and take pleasure in their personal yoga journey. His courses are always a lot of fun too!
Thank you for an amazing time at Tigmi this last week. Instructive, enlightening and fun! Paul (my husband) didn't do the yoga but just had a relaxing holiday and enjoyed himself relaxing, reading and swimming as Tigmi is such an ideal place for a retreat. In the yoga sessions, I've learnt so much more about my own body and feel that I have more strength and flexibility than before. Ken is an excellent teacher: always encouraging and challenging us and using humour to enable us to lighten-up, take it seriously but not too seriously.Hazel
I thought the holiday was truly wonderful. The luxurious part certainly lived up to expectations...great food, glorious location, fantastic staff at Tigmi, such comfy beds and the open air yoga terrace was lovely.Claire
I have returned home fantastically rested and rejuvenated after a wonderful week at beautiful Tigmi. Tigmi is a very special place, beautiful environment and such friendly and kind staff. The yoga was wonderful, with inspirational and varied classes. Particularly loved the classes held on the yoga terrace. We have been delighted with our experience of Yoga on a Shoestring and would certainly chose to holiday with you again.Lucy
Ken’s hypnotic voice reminds me to breathe, breathe, breathe.Yoga Magazine
The Relaxing Yoga Break
Psychologies Magazine February 2018
Yoga on a Shoestring at Tigmi, Morocco
‘Dive into the grooves, cracks and crevices, and explore the unfolding of the “waves” and breath from within,’ says Lara Stapleton during her immersion week of Scaravelli yoga at this laid-back hotel near Marrakech. Space, breath and gravity are key, as the body is expanded. Classes focus on holding postures to release the fascia and loosen the spine so it becomes something more like Lara’s ‘waves’. Morning and evening sessions fly by, interspersed with chanting, pranayama and meditation. Days are free for the delights of the hotel, which has sweeping desert views and enchanting spots to sit beneath swathes of bougainvillea. There are two pools to cool off in after a walk into the lunar landscape of the Atlas mountains, or the sensory overload of a trip to the souk half an hour away, and a little hammam where you can have a scrub and massage.
Be swift to the buffet lunch of vital, colourful ingredients. Supper is a la carte, with whole fish or spiced lamb or chicken tagines – specify in advance any dietary requirements. Expect to leave feeling ‘taller’, with open hips and shoulders and a renewed enthusiasm for life.
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Luxury yoga holiday, Tigmi near Marrakesh, Morocco, 30 November - 7 December 2019
Single Berber Room £995
Sharing Berber Room £775
If you are looking for 'mega' luxury, then suites are available. Prices on request.
Cost includes: accommodation, breakfast, salad buffet lunch, evening meal and two yoga classes per day, with one yoga free day.
Airport transfers to and from the hotel will be an added cost of 125 Moroccan dirhams each way (about £10) or 250 Moroccan dirhams (about £20) each way if transferring alone.